Saturday, July 16, 2011

Project Tie Dye Soaps

These swirl soaps look like tie dyes!
Step 1: Add a few drops of color into the mold
First prepare your mold. Select a liquid color of your choice. You can use 1 color or if you really want to get creative you can use a couple different colors. Randomly place drops of color directly into the mold (not too close together). You need to use at least 5-6 drops in total.  Next melt your soap in a double boiler or crock pot.

Step 2: Pour the 2nd color over the dots to get a swirled effect
Once your soap is melted, start to pour your soap into the mold, over the drops. Try to hit every drop to get the color moving. Go slow and steady until the mold is full. 
-If you think you didn’t have enough drops in the mold, you can add a drop or two while you are pouring.

-If you have a spray bottle of alcohol, and can do two things at once, try spritzing once or twice as you pour, it can give you cool swirl effects.

-When you are done filling the mold (before the soap is dry), you can take the straight end of a spoon, place it into the soap, touching the bottom, and use it to swirl the color a little.

The soap needs to cool now. It will probably take about 30-40 minutes. It should be cool to the touch before you try to remove it from the mold. Once it has completely cooled, release the soap by applying constant, even pressure with thumbs to the backside of the mold. You may need to gently pull one side of mold away from the soap bar to break the air seal and apply, even pressure to back.

To keep it fresh until you’re ready to use or gift it, wrap the soap in plastic wrap, pulling it tight and snug, in the back of the soap bar. Use scissors to remove excess plastic wrap. You can decorate with strips of scrapbook paper and ribbon.
from: Life of the Party (note: I am not a fan of their soap but I think this is a cool recipe.)

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